In a recent contribution to the Washington Post, Elizabeth Small recounts the journey to find a school for her kindergarten-age daughter. This journey required some serious soul-searching on the part of her and her husband who are both lawyers intent on improving education policy and public schools.
Her story touches on some sensitive subjects, such as the growing trend to spend a small fortune on private preschools or SAT prep. What happened to supporting public schools? After all, aren’t most of us products of them?
Of course she commiserates with wanting the best for our children, but worries about the consequences of an increasingly isolated world. She reflects on a nagging feeling that became apparent during the search for a good school:
“Life cannot be won. And I am not so sure that we are doing an adequate job of teaching our kids that.”
By constantly wanting and giving ‘the best’ to our children, are we forsaking giving the best to every child? Ms. Small challenges us:
“As parents, we have to help create the world we want our children to live in.”
If helping create a better world means taking responsibility for the community and improving the situation for all children, Elizabeth Small things we need to take that leap.
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